21 Things I Learned Since I Turned 21

It is hard to believe that I have been 21 for just under five months already, saying it seemed like it was never going to come when I was 20… In fact, I remember my whole 21st birthday celebration like it was yesterday; I know exactly what I did, where my friends and I went, and what I wore. 

Well, since my 21st birthday I have had a lot of life changes (for better or worse), and because of these changes, I have learned a myriad of lessons/things. The lessons/things I learned are either random, inspirational, or personal, and I thought it would be nice to share these with everyone. So, without further ado, I present to you 21 new things I learned since turning 21: 

  1. I have an unhealthy addiction to coffee.

    I’ll admit it. I am addicted to coffee. But, not like a normal addiction (if there is such a thing?). Like, I am so bad that I crave it every second of every day, and I will drink six — yes, I said six — cups in one sitting. However, I consciously am aware of this addiction, and to counter it, I am starting to only allow myself to have one or two cups a day. So far, so good. Day two, done.

  2. Cold-brew coffee is a damn gift from God.

    I would say that my coffee addiction has a correlation with my love for cold-brew coffee. I literally make three or four batches a week. Cutting the cold-brew coffee with unsweetened almond milk and ice just adds to its deliciousness, which makes me crave it even more. I really don’t see myself going back to plain Jane coffee. I am glad I learned about cold-brew coffee this summer. 

  3. Chicken and avocado are my favorite foods.

    I learned that I am obsessed with chicken and avocados. I eat some form of chicken — usually skinless breast — every day. What is more, I will gladly pair it with half an avocado because, well, avocados are ridiculously healthy for you, delicious, and good fats. If I am not eating avocado with my chicken, then I will use it as a topping for my morning toast. You know what they say: “An avocado a day keeps the doctor away.” (Okay, I may have made this up…)

  4. I have OCD and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. (Diagnosed.)

    Yep, I have been diagnosed by my doctor with OCD and GAD. No shame what-so-ever. They are both rather common and treatable. I just have to take medication every morning until my brain is able to counter the overacting chemicals inside it! I truly and wholeheartedly believe I developed GAD from my junior year of college. I was just so stressed and stretched too thin. Oh well, you live and you learn! As for my OCD, it is not terrible. I only have two OCD ticks: I make sure my iPhone and Mac chargers are dry before I plug them in, and I must check to make sure the stove, oven tops, microwave, and toaster are off before I leave the apartment. I am glad I learned I had these two issues. This way, I could get them addressed properly.

  5. People notice your hard work/Hard work truly pays off.

    During my junior year, I was the student body treasurer; president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer of Benchwarmers, our fan club; a Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Tenth Muse literary magazine; a CU LEAD Graduate; a member of Investment’s Club and Future Young Professionals; the circulation desk worker; a tour guide; the Microeconomics tutor; and I maintained a 3.9 GPA. (Let me state right now that I am not boasting. I am just summing up my junior year.) Now, I didn’t know how much of this year’s hard work would pay off, but because of all these experiences, I received the following opportunities for my senior year: student body president; the marketing/copywriter intern for Clarke’s Marketing Department; the copywriter intern for Nicolosi | Galluzzo, LLP; and the CONNECT Coordinator. I am so blessed to have these four experiences; they will help me immensely in my future career.

  6. The most unexpected friendships can be the best ones.

    Summer 2k17: The summer I developed friendships I never thought I would. Living on campus during the summer is an experience because it is only you and about 20 other people. Well, those 20 people become real close with you real quick. There are some people here whom I never thought I would get close to, but somehow, someway I did. One guy in particular, He Who I Shall Not Name (Haha, I crack myself up.), whom I became friends with, turns out to be exactly like me in every way possible. We both have had the same relationship experiences, we dress the same, we have the same outlook on life, we ask the right questions about life/we go deeper than the surface area, and we want the same things from our future wives. It was pretty bizarre once I learned all these things about him because I just never thought we were so similar. 

  7. Your 20s are meant for self-discovery.

    During this time last year, I had my whole life set in stone. I knew where I wanted to end up, who I was, and whom I wanted to be with. My life was planned out until the day I die. Well, life does not work like that; it isn’t supposed to be decided when you’re 20. After some changes, I learned that your 20s are meant for self-discovery. You’re meant to focus on you, and then the rest will fall into place. I learned that it is okay to be alone and find yourself. 

  8. I truly enjoy being isolated.

    I sit in my apartment alone every day for over five hours. During this time, I think through my issues, watch my favorite TV shows — currently, Girls and Game of Thrones, write, read, and just enjoy being by myself. I learned that I enjoy my isolation. 

  9. I also enjoy being around people.

    On the contrary, I also love being around people. This summer has been dedicated to developing relationships with people, and I have happily became extremely close with the people living on and around campus this summer. I make sure to spend time with every person at least once a week. 

  10. It is never too late to pick up new hobbies/interests.

    Since I turned 21, I learned that it is quite simple to pick up new hobbies and discover what really interests me. So far, I picked up cooking, exploring, journaling and traveling this summer, and I am about to pick up photography. I am so thankful for every new hobby/interest, they all make me who I am.

  11.  Dad hats are the greatest thing ever invented.

    Never really have been a hat guy. But, I now wear both my LYM (Love Your Melon) cap and Natascha Myers cap at least once a week. They pair great with different looks and are just too stylish. I learned dad hats are pretty darn cool. 

  12. Long Islands are the most delicious but dangerous beverage ever. Like, ever.

    Sweet and delicious but stupidly strong. Long Islands are one of my favorite mixed drinks. Even though they can get pricey, they are worth it because it’s one and done. For me, anyway. 

  13. The best beer on tap is Blue Moon.

    Never really cared for beer once I turned 21. But, after I had the privilege of trying Blue Moon on tap, I never looked back. Yeah, I drink it with an orange, duh.

  14. Drinking whole bottles of wine is fun.

    Sure, I have done this once. Alright, twice. Just like Long Islands, these are pretty dangerous because they are so sweet and cause a killer hangover.

  15. 04:00 is the best time to discover things about yourself.

    This past Saturday I received a text from a friend who was just so confused and felt lost with life. She did not know what she wanted to do after college, what she wanted spiritually, etcetera. So, I had her come over and we ended up talking outside until 05:00. In the 2.5 hours we talked, I went on such an emotional and spiritual journey in which I learned and discovered so much about myself. It was really something else.

  16. Your GPA isn’t everything…!

    This is coming from someone with a 3.7 cumulative GPA and got a 3.9 all last semester. I learned that your GPA won’t get you your career, but the hands you shake, how well you network, the internships and the experience you have, and your willingness and drive will. Sure, I will strive for all As because that is who I am as a person, but I won’t stress about it as much my senior year.

  17. I want to be a copywriter.

    I finally, finally, finally learned what I want to do with my future. For those who don’t know, a copywriter is someone who writes copy for a company. Copy is the words in advertisements, social media posts, blog posts, email campaigns, slogans, etcetera. Not the little “R” in the top-right of a company’s name. This job is perfect for me; I love to write, sit on social media, and blog. What more could I want in a career?

  18. I need a side job at J.Crew because I spend so much money there.

    Favorite store hands down. Thankfully, they do not have one around Dubuque, otherwise, I would be dirt poor. My two favorite pair of chinos are from J.Crew, and they cost $70.00 each… Once I move, I know I will need to work here for some type of discount because J.Crew is my go-to for all my clothes.

  19. It is a-okay to say “no.

    Say “no” to opportunities you don’t want to do, people you don’t want to see, or questions you don’t want to say “yes” to. There is no reason you have to say “yes” to everything. I did my junior year, and I paid for it (both positively and negatively). You have no obligation to explain why you say “no” either.

  20.  Money spent on experiences is not a waste.

    I have no problem dropping $70 on a pair of chinos but will have issues coughing up $30 for gas to fuel a road trip. This summer, I learned that that is not the way to live. It should be the opposite. For $30 I could either spend a night at the movies and out to eat, or I could put that money into gas and drive to a city and stay with friends. What is more, I could spend days at my friends’ house and gain all kinds of memories and experiences from it. I learned to pick the latter when I can.

  21. What my next two tattoos will be.

    Some of you may not know, but I have three tattoos already, but I learned that I am not done yet. My next two tattoos will be the Chicago skyline on my left inner bicep and the semicolon (not sure where yet). The former is for my love and obsession with Chicago, and the latter is meant for suicide awareness.

 

Photos from images.google.com

*The Chicago one will not have the bottom heart and words.*

There you have it, everyone. 21 things I learned since I turned 21. Like I said in the beginning, some are just bizarre, random things that seem odd to learn, while others are truly important lessons to learn. I am amazed at how much has changed in a few months, and I am stoked to see where I am in life in just a few more.

– Kyle Majerus

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Six Men’s Fashion Instagram Accounts to Follow

People often ask me where I get my fashion inspiration from, and I give them two answers: Pinterest and Instagram. The follow-up question to this always is: “Oh, who do you follow on Instagram for your inspiration?”

Instead of trying to recite whom I follow and explain what each of their distinct styles and aesthetics are, I thought it would be easier and beneficial to just list my top six choices below. (They are in NO particular order; they are all fantastic and have their own unique style.) Each fashion influencer has inspired my sense of style and fashion in some way, shape, or form.

  1. Adam Gallagher — @iamgalla 

    I first got into men’s fashion when I stumbled upon Adam Gallagher. He is a fashion influencer and blogger from California but currently based in New York City. I was so intrigued by Adam for two reasons: his unique, sophisticated style and his travels. He has traveled literally all over the world, from Japan to Brazil. What is more, he takes outstanding shots in each location in such unique and elegant clothing.

    In addition to his Instagram page, he has a blog, which you may all go subscribe to. It is iamgalla.com.

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  2. One Dapper Street — @marcelfloruss

    When I was in a fashion rut last summer, I happen to discover Marcel — a German-born, New York City-based fashion blogger. Marcel has a unique style; it is a blend of sophisticated and street — hence, “One Dapper Street.” What truly drew me to Marcel was his Youtube channel; he is quite funny, posts high-quality vlogs, and I am obsessed with his apartment and his aesthetic. Marcel gives me inspiration, and that is all I want and need sometimes! He has a blog site, too. Go check him out at onedapperstreet.com.

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  3. Hunter Vought — @hunter_vought

    Ah, Hunter Vought. A rather green fashion influencer and blogger, Hunter has really entered the spotlight in the fashion world lately, in my opinion. I would say this is due to his immediate and kind responses to virtually every comment and DM he gets; his versatility in terms of style — business casual, street style, and preppy; and his frequent blog and Instagram posts. He actually just began a YouTube channel, too. Which I can’t wait to check out!

    Oh, and bonus points to him because I won his giveaway for a red JuneHouse backpack. I have only had this backpack for three days, but I cannot convey how obsessed I am with it already. Once I have used it for a few weeks, I will do a review on my blog, so keep on the lookout for that.

    Keep up the good work, Hunter. You deserve all that you have coming to you. And, of course, his blog link is huntervought.com.

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  4. Tim Bryan — @timbryan

    Tim Bryan. Oh, what do I say about Tim? Tim is different than the rest because he does not have a blog where he expresses his love for style and what he wears. Instead, Tim is quite active on YouTube, where he posts vlogs, fashion reviews, fashion hauls, style tips and tutorials, and much more.

    I have followed Tim since he was a New Yorker, but he is a L.A. man now. Because of this, I have witnessed an intense shift in Tim’s style; he went from the East Coast, New Yorker look to the summer vibes look that is prominent on the West Coast.
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  5. Ruben Van De Sande — @rubenvandesande

    I am rather new to Ruben’s Instagram channel. What I find so interesting and unique about Ruben is that he is not based in the United States like the previous four. Rather, Ruben is based in the Netherlands, which I am obsessed with the Dutch culture and lifestyle, so I love Ruben’s content even more. It is so interesting to see Europeans’ lifestyle, and I think Ruben embodies it well.

     

    Ruben’s blogsite is rubenvandesande.com.

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  6. Dimitris Kolonas — @dimitris_kolonas

    Just like Ruben, I am very new to Dimitris’s channel — like I only started following him two weeks ago. However, I included Dimitris in this post because he is a consistent and frequent poster on Instagram and because his style is parallel to mine. Dimitris, like myself, is a minimalist when it comes to style. (If you do not know what minimalism is, go read my previous blog post for some insight!)

    His looks are simple, versatile, aesthetically pleasing, and unique in their own way. If someone walks down the street rocking the combinations that Dimitris creates, then he or she will definitely turn some heads. When I need new combinations for my minimalist styles, I check out Dimitris’s page first-and-foremost.

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The top six accounts are run by fashions influencers who inspire me to dress my best and be proud of my love for fashion. I have watched some of them — like Hunter — grow immensely over the past few months. Others, like Tim, I witnessed a shift in style and aesthetic.

I know I will always follow these accounts, and not just because of their influence over me and my style, but also because I just truly enjoy their content and who they are as people.

– Kyle Majerus

Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things

For those of you who don’t know, minimalism is a lifestyle in which a person chooses to live with the most basic of things, e.g., clothing, furniture, and possessions, but gets the most bang for his or her buck. For example, minimalist prefer quality over quantity, so he or she may purchase a high-end winter coat that will last him or her for years instead of four to five cheaper coats that will only last a few months.

Now, I would consider myself a minimalist in terms of clothing; I only wear five shirts and sweaters, four pairs of pants, and three pairs of shoes. Instead of owning a ridiculous amount of clothing that I will never wear, I just purchase high-quality pieces of clothing that I cycle throughout the year and create various combinations. And you know what, people rarely notice. They do not notice that I just wear the same thing in a different variation. This is what minimalism is about. Creating the most out of the basic items. The absolute best pieces to get to create a minimalist wardrobe are chinos in navy, gray, and black; sweaters in black and navy; white button-downs; and white sneakers. You do not realize the creations you can make, everyone.

Some of you may be wondering what got me into the minimalist lifestyle, and I would say a huge inspiration would be a documentary called Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things. It follows around and interviews a variety of minimalists who gave up their Wall Street-like, materialistic lifestyle and adopted a minimalist one. It is quite moving honestly. I urge you all to check it out on Netflix because, who knows, you may find a desire to give up the lifestyle you live for a more minimal one.

When I watched it for the first time during my freshman year of college, I ended up throwing away three containers of junk from my room and another two containers of clothing. I realized how much space I was wasting and what little value these items were. It felt absolutely freeing to do.

After watching this documentary for the second time this past weekend, I actually ended up clearing out my apartment closet and room of unnecessary clothing and items that I do not need or never use. It allowed me to declutter my life in various ways and focus on what is important: myself. Now that I do not have so much junk to distract me, I can work on myself, discover who I am, and fix the issues in my life. The documentary does a great job of conveying that minimalism is not an image that hipsters adopt; rather, it is a lifestyle that allows a person to stop focusing on what doesn’t matter, i.e., materialistic items, and start focusing on what really should matter — people, experiences, and oneself.

Let me know if any of you give it a watch, and also let me know if it inspires you to become a minimalist!

– Kyle Majerus

Featured Image: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/minimalism_a_documentary_about_the_important_things/

 

 

The Perfect Weekend.

The work week came to an end, the five-day Fourth of July weekend began, and the fun was waiting to happen. This past weekend was absolutely perfect; I went to my friend’s lake house for a few days and then to a Cubs game. It was times like this weekend that make me so thankful for the life that I live and will live in the future.

This was my most anticipated weekend of the year (besides when I visit my buddy Matt for a weekend in Chicago next month;-)…..). It began with a relaxing Friday by myself in which I wrote in my blog, played video games, and watched a few episodes of Girls (don’t even ask…). I wanted to spend a night by myself because I knew what fun but busy times were ahead.

The actual fun all began on Saturday. I woke up at the crack of dawn, got myself some cold-brew coffee with almond milk from Dunkin Donuts, and road tripped to my friend’s lake house in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. At the lake house, we drank craft beer, sat on the pier and gazed at the lake, boated, tanned, drank outstanding espresso, sat by the fire, and ate an abundant amount of food. Let’s just say, the four days we were at the lake was the same things over and over… but I sure am not complaining. I loved every second of it; this was, undoubtedly, the best time I have had all summer thus far. It truly made me appreciate the beauty of good company and nature. Ohh, and I was able to knock “spending a weekend on the lake” off of my summer bucket list!

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The lake life lasted until Wednesday morning (which still would have been the “weekend” for me), and then my friend Rachel and I packed our bags, made a stop at Dunkin Donuts for more cold-brew coffee, and road tripped down to Harvard, Illinois. From there, we met up with two of our best friends, Logan and Weatherly, and took the train* into Chicago to see the Cubs get a “W” and explore the city, more specifically Wrigleyville and Lincoln Park.

This was my first time seeing a game at Wrigley Field, and I had to have myself a $10 beer, copious amounts of popcorn, and all the seeds my jaw could handle… it is kind of a big thing for us baseball fans. Ohh! And yet another thing crossed off of my summer bucket list! I guess you could say that I am thriving. Anyway, in all, this day was perfect because I got to see a Cubs game and experience yet another part of Chicago with people whom I love dearly.

The weekend finally ended with a two-hour train ride from Chicago to Harvard, and then a two-hour car ride home. Even though it took us until 02:00 to get home and we were all deadbeat tired, we had some serious heart-to-hearts in the car, and the car ride was quite enjoyable in-and-of-itself. It was the perfect ending to a perfect weekend.

I will forever cherish this past weekend. It made me realize how blessed I truly am and what I want in this life, how I want to live my life, and how I plan on getting there.

*PSA: TELL THE TRAIN WORKER THAT YOU’RE A STUDENT, AND YOU WILL GET A STUDENT DISCOUNT ON YOUR TICKET. WHICH IS A RIDICULOUS AMOUNT OFF THE ORIGINAL PRICE.

-Kyle Majerus

 

My One Year Blog Anniversary! Or, My Blogiversary!

Wow, where has the time gone, ladies and gentlemen?

Exactly one year ago today, I created my blog and posted my first ever post, which you may read if you click here. It makes me chuckle to read my first post, really. I have grown so much as an individual and improved as a writer in a mere 365 days.

For my blogiversary, I am going to reflect on my year as a blogger.

First off, I still find it fascinating and so cool to call myself a “lifestyle blogger.” I don’t know why; I think it just conveys who I am in two words. I am a writer who is obsessed with the idea of lifestyle? We will go with it for now. I hope this progresses from something I created at 05:00 (I am an early riser…) to a way of income. Also, I hope to become sponsored by various fashion brands, so that I may get my name out into the fashion world and develop a brand.

Secondly, while I only gained twelve followers in a year, I am not upset. On the contrary, I am rather ecstatic! I did not think I would get any if you want me to be honest. Now, I am averaging 60 views per post regardless of how many followers I have. I only hope this goes up as I dedicate more time to this blog. This has gone from a side hobby to a full-time commitment.

Finally, I want to look back at my favorite and least favorite blog posts.

My favorite blog post has to be, without a doubt, my informative post about the English major. It is titled “What Can You Even do with Your Degree?” It is lengthy but worth the read. Go check it out after this post. It explains how phenomenal the English major is and how we are employable.

Hmm, what would be my least favorite? I mean, I love them all because they are my own creations (obvi.), but I would have to say I am not a fan of “My Everyday Carry Items.”  I am not entirely sure why; maybe, I just think that I wrote it in a rush and did not allow myself to develop the idea of it. Either way, it was enjoyable to write, and I actually got good feedback from it. Thank you!

I don’t know about you, but I am more than excited to see where I am in one year from today. By this time next year, I will have graduated college with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and a business administration minor (YAY! YAY! YAY!), moved from my hometown to the big ole’ city; and (Hopefully.) have a job in copywriting. What is more, maybe this blog could be a source of income, no matter how small. Neither you nor I truly know the future. We can only live in the moment and see what happens.

And, at last, I will finally be an adult, which I am oddly looking forward to. It is funny, actually. I cried — no, bawled my eyes out — when I graduated high school three years ago. Now, I crave the adult life. It is crazy how much a person can change!

But, change is good. Change allows for growth.

– Kyle Majerus

Who are Saturdays For?… Me!

I look forward to Saturdays after an exhausting work week because I dedicate Saturdays to me, myself, and I. My Saturdays are meant for running errands, spending time alone, enjoying my past times, and essentially doing whatever I want. No obligations to anyone or anything but myself. Boy, do I love my Saturdays.

And, since tomorrow is Saturday (YAY!), I thought I would bring you all along on a typical Saturday in my life. It is filled with fun, adventure, and experiences. While this is a “typical” Saturday in my life, I want to note that sometimes I may just make coffee at home or eat out for lunch/dinner, etcetera, so, this is not exactly what I do every Saturday, but most of them!

This particular Saturday you all are tagging along on was this past Saturday, the 24th of June.

  1. Make a mean breakfast

    One thing I pride myself on is my cooking skills. I was blessed to receive the cooking gene from a parent of mine, so it has always been something I excelled at. After my natural alarm clock wakes me up around 06:00 (…), I jump out of bed and make myself a hearty, delicious breakfast. I aim to hit all the macro groups — carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. For this previous Saturday’s breakfast, I made scrambled eggs with onion and lettuce, a sliced Honeycrisp apple drizzled with cinnamon, toast topped with peanut butter and sliced avocado, and cold-brew coffee. Let me tell ya, it was worth every. single. bite.

  2. Clean up and get dressed

    Trust me, no one wants to see this face in the morning. I have bed head, morning breath, and a sleepy demeanor. Before I head out to tackle the day, I go through my morning personal hygiene routine. It normally takes about an hour or so, but it really depends on how long my shower is. And, then I get dressed and head out. The photo below shows what I wore this Saturday, and the links to the items are provided.

    Shirt: J.Crew White Long-sleeve T-shirt

     

    Pants: J.Crew 484 Navy Chinos

    Shoes: Gray Converse

    Watch: 38mm Series One Apple Watch

    Eyeglasses: Warby Parker “Stockton”

    Belt: Target Cognac Belt

    Socks: Nike Black Socks

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  3. Head to Charlotte’s

    I go to this coffee shop at least once a week. Shocker, right? This experience will vary based on whom I am going with and why. If I go alone with the intent on getting some work done, I will order either a 16-ounce hot coffee or cold-brew coffee, head to a corner of the shop, and work from my laptop. This place is perfect for it because it sparks my creativity and inspires me to strive for greatness.

    On the other hand, if I go because I am going on a coffee date, then it is a whole ‘nother ball game. I laugh, talk my butt off, and truly get to know the person/people I go with. I will order the same drink but maybe with some food too (like an acai bowl!), sit in the middle of the coffee shop where the traffic is heavy, turn my iPhone and Apple Watch on silent, and truly enjoy the company I am with. It doesn’t matter if I am doing the former or the latter, I will be at Charlotte’s for well over an hour. For this past Saturday, I did the latter, and it went quite well and was truly enjoyable.

  4. Write in my blog

    When I graduate, I intend on becoming a copywriter. In order to improve my writing to be well enough for this type of field, I must write, write some more, and then write even more. I write for at least thirty minutes a day, whether it is for my blog, in my journal, or for my marketing internship. This way, I can find my weaknesses as a writer, get used to the demands of being a writer, and improve my writing skills. On the 24th of June, I wrote for at least two hours and created both blog posts for this week.

  5. Make lunch

    It has been a pretty productive day for me so far, hasn’t it? And, it is not even noon yet! Between 12:00-12:30, I will begin making lunch. Without fail, I make myself a homemade pizza for lunch on Saturdays. On these pizzas, I use Sweet Baby Rays for the sauce; top them with turkey slices, lettuce, onion, sweet relish, pineapple (WHICH DOES BELONG ON PIZZA.), and shredded mozzarella cheese; and season them with basil, pepper, paprika, sea salt, and garlic salt.

    Yeah, my mouth is watering too. Below I have pictures of all the ingredients and the finished product. I also enjoyed my pizza with some tasty lemon water and honey mustard pretzels. 

  6. Watch a movie

    As you could imagine, I am pretty tired from how productive my day has been so far. So, I decide to lay in bed and watch a movie or two. It all really depends on the mood. For some odd reason, I have been on a Twilight kick lately, so for this past Saturday, I watched part one and two of Breaking Dawn. Makes me reminisce back to when I took my cousins to see it in theaters… Ahh, good times.

  7. Go for a walk

    Because I am a fitness freak, I have to exercise some way, shape, or form every day. Since I refuse to lift weights on the weekends or run on a dreaded treadmill, I will walk the Clarke Drive stretch and back — which comes to about 2.5 miles. A decent walk if you ask me. This also allows me to clear my head and relax. This past Saturday was perfect weather for walking. It was not too hot, not too cold, the sky was clear, and the gnats were minimal.

  8. Devour some dinner

    Dinner time for me is 06:30, and I always make this meal a large one because I know I will not be eating for at least thirteen hours. I focus on protein and carbohydrates for this final meal. This past Saturday I decided to make a honey-drizzled chicken breast, baked beans, cinnamon oatmeal, a mixed salad topped with honey mustard, and lemon water. It was pretty healthy and very filling, which is the goal. Of course, I had a cup of coffee after because, well, coffee is life and I’m addicted.

  9. Take a bath

    Oh, yeah. I am a huge advocate for baths. I will take baths until I am not physically able to. I was feeling a good, calming bath last Saturday, so I took in my cup of coffee, lit my Suit & Tie candle, dimmed the lights, and truly, truly enjoyed myself. 10/10 recommend you all give it a go.

  10. Get ready to take on the night**

    As a 21-year-old college student, you all know what I do on weekends. I go downtown to enjoy an adult beverage (or six). The summer squad and I like to have a couple drinks before we go downtown so we can save some dollar bills. Getting ready and the pre-game session goes from about 22:00 to 23:00, and then we take on the night.

  11. Go downtown**

    Our routine for going downtown is this: start off at Easy Street playing bags and enjoying some drinks (I like brass monkeys), head to either Lot One or 1st & Main to socialize with myriads of people, and ending at the Venue so we can dance. We normally return to the apartment building around 01:45 – 02:00. It is always a good time.

**This is typically what I do on Saturday nights; however none of my friends who go downtown with me were in the area this past Saturday, so I just stayed in and prepared myself for the busy work week and extremely fun weekend ahead. I played a lot of Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, which was just as fun as going downtown if you ask me.

Well, there you have it. A “typical” Saturday for me. I, personally, love it and have no desire to change it. Some say, “Saturday’s are for the boys,” but I say that they are for “me.”

– Kyle Majerus

Three Must-have Colors in Your Wardrobe

It is 2017, people. It’s time to throw out those graphic Walmart t-shirts and American Eagle jeans you’ve worn for the past four years. They are a part of the past, and it is time to leave them there. With fashion ever-changing and new trends popping up every few months, it can be difficult to keep your wardrobe up-to-date. I thought I would help guide you all in the right direction. I will provide you with the three most versatile colors you need for your wardrobe. This way, you don’t have to keep buying what is “in” because these colors are classic, versatile, and will never go out of style.

1. Navy

I am a huge advocate for the color navy. I wear navy almost every day because is a phenomenal color that it is versatile, eye-catching, and downright classy. What is more, it is the perfect color for every piece of clothing you own – shoes, chinos, shirts, sweaters, suit, etcetera. No matter what, navy pieces of clothing are timeless and can be incorporated into your wardrobe. I, currently, have navy socks, two pairs of navy chinos, a navy v-neck sweater, and a navy rain jacket. I am also looking at getting a navy suit because it is excellent for every occasion. Now, I can incorporate these five pieces of clothing into over 100 outfits. Trust me, it is just that stinking easy. Navy will also always be part of fashion trends, so why not always have it around?

2. Gray

The next color I advise getting your clothes in is gray because it is a wonderful color for every piece of clothing you wear. My two favorite pieces of gray clothing are my gray 484 J.Crew chinos and my Natascha Myers baseball cap. They go well together, too! Nothing like the baseball cap, a light gray sweater, the chinos, and some converse to have a well thought-out, put together look. I encourage you all to get a cap, a sweater, a long-sleeve and a short-sleeve shirt, chinos/pants, and a jacket in gray. Not only do they all pair well together, but they are excellent pieces to pair with black, navy, and white. Just like navy, gray will forever be in fashion.

3. Black

The final must-have color is black. Notice the pattern? The neutral, dark shades I suggest? That is because you simply cannot go wrong with them. They will always be in style. I highly suggest black sweaters and chinos/pants. They can be worn to a more formal event or dressed down for a lunch with a colleague. I wear my H&M black chinos at least twice a week. I love going for a monochromatic look with a black sweater and the black chinos, but then add a pop of white with my sneakers. The other look I normally rock is more random; I will throw on a light gray sweater, black chinos, and my white sneakers. The variety of color makes every piece stand out and a focal point of their own. You really can never go wrong with that.

There you have it, ladies and gentleman. My three must-have color suggestions for your wardrobe. You can wear them for years and years without any worry of them fading in popularity.

– Kyle Majerus